Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sometimes you just have to go

Not as in the bathroom as you'd expect a pregnant woman to say but get away.  Get away from it all!  Vacation baby!!  A nice unplanned vacation.  Where?  Who knows?  Just get in the car and go.

We did that this past weekend.  It was a blast.  It's funny because before having a child I would have been the first one to run away on some unplanned, no hotel, no itinerary vacation in a heartbeat.  This weekend it wasn't me who suggested it but my husband.  Wait, what??  Mr. "let's have a plan" said let's go?  Yup and I was the one who was like, "um, should we?  Maybe we should plan something for next weekend?"  I'm so glad that I didn't listen to myself and talk us down from it.

MoneyPenny maxin' and relaxin' on the road.  Jinx was feeling a little camera shy.

We made some quick plans for our pooches to be taken care of at a wonderful family members' home, packed the car and headed out.  Where?  We didn't know, we just knew what direction.  West.

We went west about 3 hours and ended up in a cute little town on the coast.  We tried to get a hotel there but they were totally booked up except for the one that was more than $200 a night and we'd only be there to sleep really.  No big deal, we decided to hang in the town until the end of the night any way.

She insisted upon wearing this hat while we rolled around town

It was a cute little town.  We ended up seeing part of an old movie in the park and playing at one of the best splash pads we'd seen in quite some time.  At first I thought that my daughter wouldn't like it because she isn't always into water in her face but after the first mist of water she was hooked.  We ran and ran all through the fountains.  I did kind of giggle because one of the thoughts I had was, "great day to wear a pink bra under your white tank top.  Smooth.  Real smooth."  In my defense, I had another shirt over when I got dressed that morning but knowing we were going to run through these fountains and probably get wet, I took it off so that I could wrap my daughter in something when we were done.

It was so cool

After had our fun in the fountains we grabbed some ice cream and headed back to the car.  The nearest hotel we could find within reason was about 45 minutes away and it was getting really late.  We knew as soon as we got in the car someone would fall out immediately.  I'm not sure we even made it onto the freeway before she passed out.  It was well worth the squishy shoes and damp clothes to see her have so much fun in the water.

Look at the sheer joy in her face!

The next morning we woke up and headed out to grab some breakfast and find a new destination to head off too.  We decided on a town about an hour from our hotel.  Once we got there we decided to hit one of the smaller beaches to hang out and chill for a little while.  I decided that aside from the beautiful houses that there wasn't much there and we headed off to another town further north about 30 minutes.  I'm glad we did because for that afternoon until the next day we had a blast.

We didn't get to the beach again that day to swim but we did get to the beach.  My Mini loved playing in the sand and even just getting her feet wet in the water.  We walked the boardwalk and the pier a bit.  Later that night we watched part of a musical fountain show.  It was really kind of neat the way they coordinated the music with the water and lights.

The next day we packed the car and headed off to the beach.  The whole trip, I really just wanted to go to the beach to hang out.  I love the water.  I have a love/hate relationship with sand.  I love sand just not when it sticks to you... and everything else.  We played in the water and the sand and had a great time.  It was so great to get away with no plans, no worries and no rush.

New beach, more sand...

We did pack up that afternoon and head home.  The three hour drive was a breeze and nice timing as we'd tired out Mini at the beach.  She slept almost the entire ride home.  She was so good in the car and didn't complain.  We did have quite a few movies ready for her but we really only needed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Man she loves that show.

It was definitely different going on an unplanned vacation with a little one but it was definitely well worth it.  Sometimes I have to remind myself to be more spontaneous and to stop getting caught up in everyday responsibilities.

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